wayne

Letters to the Editor

April 5, 2024

April 5, 2024 Dear Editor: Wayne Mayor Christopher Vergano should be applauded for his work in helping defeat the monstrous Wayne Board of Education spending referendum in March. The $170 million pork-filled, spending plan would have raised taxes nearly $400 on the average homeowner. The ...

Read more »

Michael is about to publish in the United Kingdom the life story of Anthony Brockholes. From a position of relative obscurity, in an out-of-the-way hamlet in Lancashire, known as Heaton with Oxcliffe, near Lancaster, he rose to become a very powerful individual in America. His achievements came ...

Read more »

With the first Thanksgiving Day game at Hinchliffe Stadium in 27 years behind us, and as Congress presents the Congressional Gold Medal to Larry Doby, thanks to the efforts of Congressman Bill Pascrell; 2024 will be the first full year of Hinchliffe Stadium's revival. This coming year will mark ...

Read more »

Dear Editor, I am so excited to provide this link https://fb.watch/nXTryjnALM/ as proof positive of how strategic planning and cooperation between the town of Pompton Lakes and the county can bring to fruition a very worthy and extremely valuable asset to a town.   Through their hard work and ...

Read more »

Dear Editor, Councilwoman Ritter’s accusations about the Mayor and her opponent for the 5th ward council seat Matt Cavallo are unfounded as proven by your article in Tap where the Mayor’s response is clear as a bell. Unfortunately Ms. Ritter enjoys stirring the proverbial pot with her ...

Read more »

Dear Editor, There is no question that our police, volunteer firemen and EMT workers are among our most valued town employees. Their dedication to serve is invaluable to our community and they should receive the utmost appreciation. Recent talks have revealed Mayor Vergano’s surprise decision to ...

Read more »

To the editor:  The mayor is at it again. Free ambulance service is probably a thing of the past and Wayne’s First Aid Squad is being bypassed for a private service!  First, Wayne’s mayor, Christopher Vergano tried to pull a fast one by initiating a sneaky end run to become a full-time mayor ...

Read more »

Dear Editor, My name is Arlene Sullivan, and I am running for First Ward Council. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to attend the recent debate. I wanted to provide my responses on the debate questions, so the public would be able to read and review my point of view as a Ward 1 ...

Read more »

Want to play your favorite sport and raise money for a really good cause? Join us on Sat. Sept 9 from 1-3 pm or 4-6 pm for a charity event at 50 Nellis Drive Wayne, NJ. Sky Pickleball is partnering with the Wayne Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse for a day of Pickleball fun and to ...

Read more »

Wayne failed to adequately plan to meet its affordable housing obligation under Mount Laurel Round 3 for over 20 years. As a result, there will be 2,961 new residential units, of which 529 are set aside as affordable. With proactive planning, Wayne could have changed zoning for various retail areas ...

Read more »

It’s Teacher Appreciation week, but educators aren’t feeling the love— they’re feeling exhausted.  In fact, a recent survey found educators felt ‘Disrespected’; only 56% said that they are satisfied, and 12% said they are ‘very satisfied’; the poll also found 45% of female teachers and 37% of male ...

Read more »

At the last couple of Wayne Board of Education meetings, much ado has been made about the current “Mission Statement.” Several members of our Board have indicated that they feel the need to revisit a two-year-old mission statement that was finalized after almost two years of study. A statement ...

Read more »

It’s just like the Mayor and Councilman Ettman to do all they can to use Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) and Laurelwood to deflect from their first blunders of 2023.   As if the Mayor’s New Year’s surprise proposal to pay himself a 674% raise and lucrative benefits was not enough, the ...

Read more »

In a recent article on Tap-into Wayne entitled, “Wayne Township Makes Move to Dictate the Development of Old Toys R Us Property,” it is reported that the Mayor and Town Council are seeking to classify the Toys R Us property as “in need of redevelopment” so they can, as the Mayor explained, tell the ...

Read more »

Dear Editor, My in-law’s hometown hospital sits on a hill surrounded by cows and cornfields. The long drive up to the emergency room is lined by pretty trees. The “old folks home” squats at the foot of the hill, and I can tell you — driving past it will give you shivers like someone walking over ...

Read more »

Wayne is the recipient of a $15 Million grant to improve traffic conditions on Valley Road. From all the negative comments by a number of republican council members and other online postings you'd think that Wayne had tons of excess cash and this grant somehow places a terrible burden on the Wayne ...

Read more »

An Open Letter to Wayne's Emergency Service Volunteers  Dear Wayne Emergency Service Volunteers, I am writing to apologize for the way Mayor Vergano and my Council colleagues treated you at the February 15th Council meeting.  Your attendance in support of a stipend encouraging active service ...

Read more »

During the past several Town Council meetings, Republican members of the Council have been suddenly complaining about the County taxes. This has taken place at least three meetings by my count. It made me wonder why they were raising that issue at this particular time. My question was answered ...

Read more »

The Township continues to make alarming land use decisions permitting builders to bypass various conservation ordinances to construct major developments. At the March 6, 2023 Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, there will be a public hearing where Galreh, the applicant for a major mixed use ...

Read more »

Boon for Builders in Wayne The Township continues to make alarming land use decisions permitting builders to bypass various conservation ordinances to construct major developments. At the March 6, 2023 Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, there will be a public hearing where Galreh, the ...

Read more »

To The Editor: Wayne's Republican council members, along with the mayor, have made no secret about their partisanship and refusal to consider anything not initiated by themselves. Their refusal to even second a motion from Councilwoman Ritter is just the latest example of their pettiness. What ...

Read more »

Dear Editor: At the last Town Council meeting, Mayor Vergano announced that he anticipated that Wayne will have a 4 million dollar budget deficit for this year. This came as quite a shock to many Wayne residents, including myself. This gap and the need to fill it mean that our municipal budget ...

Read more »

To the editor: Can you imagine what our Wayne taxes would be like if we had to pay for a full-time fire and rescue squad? Our all-volunteer emergent services are a precious gift that saves us millions of dollars a year. But it’s getting harder and harder to get new recruits. So we urgently ...

Read more »

Wayne's 14-year Mayor with an 8-1 political party majority (Republican/Democrat) seemingly felt no obligation to justify a huge increase in cost to the taxpayer to change his role from part-time to full-time. Therefore, I made an Open Public Records Act Request (OPRA) to see what justification the ...

Read more »

Dear Editorr, At the February 15, 2023 Town Council meeting, I raised concerns about the lack of an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) on our major housing developments. My comment was essentially as follows. In the affordable housing settlement agreements, the Township has two options: a ...

Read more »

Kudos to the Board of Education for making an effort to get out to the public by holding BOE meetings at the three different middle schools.  Our future is in the hands of educating our children. Whenever there is an opportunity for the BOE to disseminate information to the public, it should be ...

Read more »

A few thoughts about the January 18 Wayne town council meeting which turned out very well for Wayne taxpayers. Mayor Vergano’s request to become full time, with a pay raise of $120,000 and full medical coverage was met with an overwhelmingly negative public response which perhaps caused Mr. Vergano ...

Read more »

RE: Proposed Ordinance No. 1-2023 introduced at the January 4, 2023 meeting Dear Council President Mazzei & Council Members, I am writing to you on behalf of myself and several other concerned Wayne residents and voters Salvatore Schifano, Robert Nulman, Dianne Douthat and Linda ...

Read more »

Mrs. Douthat once again has not done her homework and is a source of misinformation. In attacking my husband she shows her ignorance and hate.   My husband, Frank Ranalletti, is not a realtor now and has not held a license in many years since he retired over 15 years ago. His brief tenure in ...

Read more »

As my Dad used to say, “you have to consider the source.” Ms. Ranaletti, the wife of a man who is both listed as a realtor on realtor.com and who also chairs the Wayne Planning Board, launched a personal attack against me in her recent TAPinto letter. Here are the facts: On Jan. 4, the Town ...

Read more »